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Multimedia Blackberry Leaked

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Aug 9, 2006, 4:40 PM   by (staff)

A press release and photographs of the rumored multimedia Blackberry have been obtained by Engadget. The device, officially called the Pearl, marks RIM's first foray into both photography and music. Features include a camera with built-in flash, a music player, 64 MB built in memory, an MicroSD card slot and voice activated dialing. Like other recent hybrid -style Blackberries the pearl feature RIM's SureType hybrid keyboard, EDGE data, Bluetooth and a 240 x 260 LCD screen. The Pearl also replaces the traditional scroll wheel with a Sidekick 3-like trackball now located on the front of the device. According to the press release, the Pearl will be available on September 18 for $199 with a contract.

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Aug 14, 2006, 11:11 AM


its got suretype so who cares 🙄
I wish I could get one with a Dvorak layout!

Aug 10, 2006, 11:16 AM

i was always told...

that the reason blackberry didn't have all this stuff was because it was a security risk. You can steal files by swiping the memory card, a lot of high level businesses didn't want their employees to have cameras in sensitive areas. So why add all this stuff so late in the game? If anything I think the lack of those features should be a good marketing strategy for RIM. Build an add campaign solely on security and being a business tool, not an mp3 player. Oh well, what do i know.
I guess they want a bigger slice of the market pie. I read somewhere that the sales of smartphones have recently surpassed the amount of 'regular' cell phone sales, so now it looks like there's even more money to be made in this niche.

It's probab...
I'd always wondered why manufacturers didnt just have an option to software lock the camera from functioning. Without the proper key (which only the account holder would have) the camera would be useless.
Of course that'd only be viable if the phone ...

Aug 9, 2006, 4:55 PM

i hate blackberry's but i was waiting for this.

its about time 🤤
you know... ive owned a blackberry..... and i use email alot.... and i still dont quite understand why so many people would pay so much extra money a month to get their emails... i can see why business accounts would... but personal plans.... its almo...

Aug 10, 2006, 9:20 AM


There are already plenty of devices out there with as much or more features and power, but with many more software applications than RIM offeres. Nowadays with push email offered on at least Windows and Symbian (does Palm offer this?) what exactly is the point of getting a Blackberry?
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